Applications for admission to the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 for admission to the Management Programmes at various Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) can be submitted at https://iimcat.ac.in/ till September 18, 2019.
Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered at all the Institutes at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Jammu, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur and Visakhapatnam.
Other Progammes offered are the following: Ahmedabad: PGP-FABM(Food and Agribusiness Management); ePGP; Bangalore: PGPEM(Enterprise Management), PGPPM(Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy Management), PGPBA (Business Analytics); Indore: PGP-HRM (Human Resource Management) , Kashipur: EPGP, Kozhikode: PGP-BL (Business Leadership), PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL); Lucknow: PGP-ABM (Agribusiness Management), PGP-SM(Sustainable Management); Ranchi: PGP-HRM(Human Resource Management); Rohtak: EPGPX; Shillong: PGPEX (For Executives); Tiruchirappalli: PGPBM, PGPM-HR
Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [Doctoral]: Ahmedabad: PhD; Amritsar: FPM; Bangalore: FPM; Bodh Gaya: PhD (FPM); Calcutta: Doctoral; lndore: FPM; Kashipur: FPM, EFPM; Kozhikode FPM; Lucknow: FPM; Raipur: FPM, EFPM; Ranchi: PhD, EPhD; Rohtak: FPM, EFPM; Sambalpur: PhD; Shillong: FPM; Sirmaur: PhD; Tiruchirappalli: FPM; Udaipur: PhD; Visakhapatnam: FPM
Separate advertisements may appear for programmes other than PGP, specific to each participating IIM. Prospective candidate must visit the website and/or read the programme advertisement of the concerned IIM and specific programmes to ensure accurate and updated information on the programmes he/she wants to apply for, including eligibility requirements and admission processes.
The CAT 2019 scores are allowed to be used by listed non-IIM member institutions. The list of non-IIM member institutions that have registered to avail o f the CAT 2019 scores is provided at www.iimcat.ac.in. However, IIMs have no role in the selection process of non-IIM institutions.
Eligibility: Applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories], of a recognised University or educational institution or Deemed to be University or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/Institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.
Those appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
Reservation: 15% of the seats are reserved for SC candidates, 7.5% for ST candidates, 27% for NC-OBC, up to 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).
Application: Applications can be registered at https://iimcat.ac.in/ latest by 5 pm on September 18, 2019.
CAT will be conducted on November 24, 2019 (Sunday) in centres spread across around 156 test cities. List of Examination Cities is available at ‘Exam Cities’ link at https://iimcat.ac.in/. Name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card.
At the time of registration, applicants have to select any four test cities, as per their preference, from a drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the four preferred cities subject to availability.
Applicant has to first register to generate unique User ID and Password. On receipt of these details, applicant has to log in with the generated User ID and Password to fill in the Application form. After entering details and making online payment using Credit/Debit Card or Internet Banking, to complete the registration and application process, applicant has to ‘Submit’ the online application form. Applicants do not have to complete the application form in a single session. Applicants can save their current session and login later to complete their Application form. This can be done multiple times.
Once the payment is made and the Application form is submitted, applicants will not be allowed to make any changes. Applicant can only view and print the Application form after submitting the Application form. Details are available on the Application submission page.
Registration Fee: Registration fee for CAT 2019 is Rs. 950/- for SC, ST and PwD applicants and Rs.1900/- for all other candidates. An applicant needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration.
Sessions and valuation: CAT 2019 shall be conducted in two sessions. The examination shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application. A candidate cannot select the shift. Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of candidates across different test sessions, the scores of candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalisation. Details related to this are available in the Information Brochure at https://iimcat.ac.in/
Examination structure: CAT is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT) and not an online examination. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option. A candidate must take the examination on a workstation assigned at the test centre based on the test cities selected while registering for CAT. The test centre details will be printed on the Admit Card.
CAT 2019 will have three sections. Section I is Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Section II- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Section III- Quantitative Ability. The number of questions varies from section to section and will not be disclosed. Candidates have to answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain the same for all the candidates.
All questions carry equal marks. However, for non-MCQ type questions, candidate has to type the answer. For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt’. There is no negative mark for non-MCQ type questions. For MCQs, each correct answer is awarded 3 marks. An incorrect answer fetches -1. No marks are given or deducted for un-attempted questions.
There is no prescribed syllabus for CAT. Candidates may attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of examination and types of questions.
A practice test will be available on the CAT website: https://iimcat.ac.in/. Candidates can familiarize with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2019 Mock Test link will be available by the end of October 2019.
Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. They may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.
Admit Card: The candidates can download the admit cards from October 23, 2019 until November 24, 2019.
CAT Score Card: CAT 2019 SCORE Candidates' CAT 2019 scorecards will be made accessible on CAT website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS. The CAT results are likely be declared by the second week of January, 2020. CAT 2019 score is valid only till December 31, 2020 and will accordingly be accessible on the website. No queries related to the issuance of CAT 2019 scorecards will be entertained.
Admission: Each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and follow different selection processes. Performance in the CA 2019 examination is an important component for consideration in the selection process. IIMs may also use the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short-listing of candidates at various stages of the selection process. For more information, refer to the admissions policies of individual IIMs on their respective websites.
For more details, visit https://iimcat.ac.in/